Your toilet or toilets are probably one of the most used things in your home, because of this it is probably one of the more important things in your home; after all, could you imagine having to live without a working toilet? However, toilets do not always work as well as we want them to. They very often break down or malfunction, which can cause a lot of issues.
If you have ever walked in on your toilet that is seriously overflowing, then you know just how disgusting and annoying it can be when it happens. Thankfully, there are some warning signs that let you know that something is wrong with your toilet and that you should get it repaired. If you notice that your toilet is exhibiting one of these signs, then you should consider giving us a call right away. We offer professional toilet repair services at affordable prices.
You have to flush multiple times to clear the bowl
If you notice that you are constantly having to flush 2 or 3 times to get rid of waste in the toilet bowl, then that is a sign that something is wrong with your toilet. Now, if it is a particularly large amount of waste, then you do not have anything to worry about, as a toilet taking 2 or 3 flushes to get rid of a large amount of waste is normal. But, if you are constantly having to flush multiple times to get rid of small or normal amounts of waste, then that is a good sign that there is something wrong with your toilet.
There are a couple of reasons why this may be happening. First off, it could be possible that the small holes around the rim of the toilet, which is where the water comes from when you flush, may be clogged. These little holes can get clogged by built up minerals or hard water. You may think that this happens because you are not keeping the toilet bowl rim clean, but the truth is that the buildup can occur even if you keep the rim clean.
The other possibility is that the toilet drain or pipes have a blockage in them, which is preventing the toilet from disposing of waste normally. This is more dangerous, as leaving a blockage in the drains unattended is just asking for a major overflow to happen in the future. If you suspect the issue is related to your drains or pipes, call a plumber right away.
The toilet is seeping water around the base
If you ever notice that there is a slight amount of water around the base of your toilet, then you should be careful because it could mean that your toiler’s wax base has been damaged. Clean up the water and see if it was just a one off spillage or if it happens again. If you notice more water around the base of the toilet, then it is almost certainly due to the fact that your toilet’s wax ring has been damaged. While this is not a major issue that needs to be addressed right away, it should be addressed sooner rather later. When your toilet’s wax ring is broken, that means that unsanitary water just seeps onto your bathroom floor, which nobody wants.
You constantly hear running water
If you notice that you are constantly hearing running water, especially in the period after the toilet has been flushed, then that may be a sign that there is an issue with your toilet. Sometimes the flapper valve on your toilet just does not close properly, which means that the water will continue to run until it is fixed.
Now, in some cases, you can just jiggle the toilet handle a bit and the flapper valve will close properly. If that is the case, then you can stop worrying as the problem has been fixed. If, however, jiggling the toilet handle does not result in the flapper valve closing properly, then that probably means that your flapper valve is broken and needs to be replaced. Thankfully, getting flapper valves replaced is both relatively easy and cheap. Any licensed plumber will be able to deal with the issue quickly.
While this issue is not something you necessarily have to get fixed right away (you are not in danger of the toilet overflowing), you should keep in mind that when your toilet is running constantly, you are losing money because your water bill is going up. So, in the interests of keeping your water bill low, you might want to get it fixed sooner, rather than later.
Rust is appearing on metal parts of the toilet
If you notice that rust or corrosion has begun to set in on certain parts of the toilet, then that is a good sign that your toilet is probably on its last legs. Parts of the chain or other metal parts of the toilet start to become rusted after years of use. When they do start to rust, you need to get the toilet replaced soon, before it completely breaks. It may be possible to repair just the rusted parts, but given how quickly rust spreads, it may be better to just replace the toilet.
The toilet’s tank is not refilling after being flushed
If you notice that the tank on your toilet is not refilling as it should after flushing, then your toilet has an issue with its fill valve. When the fill valve breaks, you only have one option and that is to replace it. Replacing the fill valve is fairly complicated and unless you have prior experience working on toilets, then you should get a plumber to repair it for you.
The repair itself should be relatively cheap and not take much time. For a plumber, repairing a fill valve is a relatively easy thing to do. Unfortunately, there is no way of repairing the fill valve yourself, you just need to get it replaced. It also needs to be replaced relatively quickly, as obviously you cannot use the toilet if the tank is not refilling.